Wear snowshoes to prevent trampling
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Walking on peatlands can damage the vegetation and compress or erode the peat. Pedestrians are a particular problem when they repeatedly walk on the same area of peatland e.g. in popular tourist areas or when scientists make repeat visits to sample plots (Edwards 1977). Wearing snowshoes could spread the weight of people walking on peatlands and minimise trampling impacts.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related actions: use specialized low impact vehicles for harvest; restrict pedestrian access to peatlands.
Edwards I.J. (1977) The ecological impact of pedestrian traffic on alpine vegetation in Kosciusko National Park. Australian Forestry, 40, 108–120.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Peatland Conservation
Peatland Conservation - Published 2018